I was curious about the buzz that was happening in articulate forums about the launch of Storyline. I downloaded it to see what it was like. Does it truly democratize eLearning, as Tom Kuhlmann stated? At first glance, these are the features I liked the most in Storyline:
PowerPoint interface: Though Storyline is standalone software, it retains the PowerPoint interface, making novices feel at home.My colleague who does not work on any e-learning authoring tools could intuitively navigate through the interface, thanks to his familiarity with PowerPoint. I think this the first striking feature of Articulate Storyline.
Templates & characters: There are many graphic as well as real-life characters with various expressions and poses which can be used as avatars or for creating characters in scenarios. In fact, they have about 20 male and 20 female characters, which is a good choice.You can also customize their look, based on the situation. Given the choices available, it is quite easy to find an image with an appropriate expression.
Triggers, variables and pop-ups: Storyline scores points because the user can create interactivities such as triggers, variables or pop-ups without any scripting, coding or programming knowledge. You can create courses with great look and feel and with little effort and time. Quality does not have to suffer either due to lack of technical knowledge or time. Isn’t that liberating?
Screen recording: Storyline has improvised on the features of Captivate’s screen capturing ability, making it far simpler and easier than others in its niche. With Storyline, I first record what I want to show and then use the recording in the manner that best suits the course – I can break it down to explain the process step by step or create Watch (view mode), Try (try mode) and Do (test mode)scenarios. Creating software simulations would be much easier using Storyline as a single recording can be used in multiple ways.
Quizzes: Creating quizzes is not only easy but fun using the new Articulate Storyline. There are many options one can choose from. I don’t require an external application like Quizmaker as Storyline has an in-built feature. Of course, I can also import files from the Articulate studio.
Multiple publishing options: This is by far the most exciting part of storyline. Articulate Storyline gives you an option to publish into Flash, Html 5 or iPad. I have also created a sample course and published it to iPad and it is amazing how simple it is. I would like to explore this further because my initial experience is positive.
There are other little things such as editing options and backgrounds which are also great. I listed what impressed me first. All you need is creativity and Storyline offers many options to create courses with a sophisticated look.
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Articulate Storyline can be used to perform a wide variety of calculations. In this blog, I will explain how to compute cumulative average (a weighted average based on the points obtained in all the units in a course) using this rapid authoring tool.
Adding videos to e-learning courses helps learners retain information better. Articulate Storyline provides 3 options to insert videos into e-learning courses, by default. In this post, I will explain how we met a client requirement pertaining to insertion of videos.
A client asked us for a requirement that their courses should have only online videos and the entire course should be developed using Articulate Storyline. We can meet this requirement using the Video from Website option of Storyline.
Articulate Storyline is a wonderful authoring tool to develop interactive and engaging e-learning courses. According to a survey conducted by the E-learning Guild in 2013, Storyline is the preferred choice of most e-learning developers. However, this powerful tool has some limitations.
Recently, we met an interesting requirement from one of our clients. The client wanted to develop a course having 3 modules. The learner needed to answer a quiz at the end of each module. The client wanted to display the score for each of the modules as well as the average of the 3 scores. We can meet this requirement easily using variables and triggers. But, the client wanted to display them in a separate window, ‘outside’ the Articulate Storyline environment (without the tool’s GUI) and print them.
Articulate Storyline is a rapid authoring tool which can be used to create courses on variety of topics – from food safety to financial accounting. Storyline is simple to use, and it easy to perform complex calculations using triggers.
Recently, we were asked to create a course on accounting which explained how to calculate the monthly savings of an employee. Let us see how we used Storyline to compute the savings.
Progress bars in e-learning courses are used to show the learner how much of the course he has completed.. Articulate Storyline, by default, doesn’t have an option to add progress bars. However, we have progress bars for individual slides. We can add a progress bar for an entire course in Articulate Storyline either by placing objects within the GUI (which consumes more time) or developing a HTML progress bar and inserting it as a Web Object into the course.
Given below are the steps to add a customized progress bar in quick time to your online courses.
Last evening, I had to cook dinner for my guests. I had some of the ingredients in the fridge, some in the shelf, some were in the bag that I just bought from the market, and the vessels were in different sections of the vessel rack. While cooking the first dish, I started running around for ingredients every time I needed one. I thought I will not be able to complete cooking before my guests arrived. Before cooking the second dish, I gathered all the necessary ingredients at one place. After completing, I noticed that the process for cooking the second dish went quite smooth and took less time than the first.
According to a survey conducted by E-Learning Guild in the year 2013, Articulate Storyline is the most frequently used authoring tool. It’s because Articulate Storyline is very easy to use and comes with many in-built interactivities.
Articulate Storyline has a wide range of features such as triggers, motion paths, eyedropper tool, animation painter etc. Its default features help online course developers create a course in quick time. It enables you to design a customized GUI (Graphic User Interface), in order to make the job of GUI designers easy.
In eLearning, we use two types of assessments to assess the learning. Summative assessments are used at the end of the course to evaluate the learners’ complete understanding of the topic. We use them as the final test where you give them a grade after but not feedback. Formative assessments, on the other hand, are used after each learning objective to assess how much the learner has understood. Here, we provide feedback to reinforce his learning and help him retain the information for a longer period of time.
One of our clients approached us to develop simulations, to train his staff members on PowerPoint. We chose Articulate Storyline to develop the screen simulations of the application from Microsoft. We started recording based on the client requirements, and once the recording was completed, we used the ESC button to convert the recorded simulation into a story file.